Sunday, 21 July 2013

Rope, a play by Patrick Hamilton


"And here is a chest, from which we're going to feed, the table having been commandeered for books."

Okay, so this is the play that formed the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's movie of the same name. I'm counting a play as a book for the purposes of my attempts to reach 250 books this year - a measly 70 pages to be sure, but a book of sorts none the less.
There are two major differences between the original play and the screenplay. In the play the murder has already taken place before the action commences and the play is structured around a number of acts, unlike the seamless shooting of the movie. That aside, it is an intriguing piece and one which I would love to see performed. Although first performed in 1929, apart from the references to dressing for dinner and musical choices, there is a somewhat timeless aspect to the dialogue.
Quick, thought provoking, thrilling and like a fine wine, it has aged well. 5 out of 5 beware of creepy guys selling old books.

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